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Norrie strikes in third, Queens blank Broncos for ACAC gold

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Brent Forster – Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics

After a six year hiatus, the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens are back on top of Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women’s Hockey. A third period goal from first-year forward Dylan Norrie turned out to be the game winner as the RDP Queens earned their fourth ACAC gold medal with a 1-0 win. The Queens swept the Olds College Broncos in the best-of-five final.

“We have been talking all season and we’ve worked so hard for this,” said first-year forward Norrie. “We wanted it to win it for each other. For me, I’m just so pumped that we got to win it for Cam Wallan and Mary Hirsch in their last season.”

Queens goaltender Tanya Disotell-Dunsmore and Broncos netminder Cienna Kinghorn were unbeatable over 45 minutes. The home team finally broke the stalemate at 14:12 of the third period. Norrie, who is from Olds, carried the puck into the Broncos’ zone, got Kinghorn moving to her left, and found space high on the blocker side.

“I remember going down the ice, then I saw that their d-man was right in front of me – we’ve mentioned all series that we had to shoot high on their goalie,” said Norrie, a Bachelor of Education Secondary student. “I used their d-man in front of me and whipped it top corner on her right side. I just had a feeling that I was going to score. We needed it.”

Wallan (21), Norrie (17), Skripichayko (6)

Norrie was named the North Star Sports Queens Player of the Game.

“I thought she had a very good game. We had a practice last week and we said that we had to work on shooting up top on Cienna,” said Kelly Coulter, Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Hockey Head Coach. “It was a great shot by Dylan and a great effort. Happy for her. She’s worked hard the past two weeks to make sure that she’s making an impact in the games.”

Broncos Head Coach Chris Leeming pulled Kinghorn for the extra skater with about two minutes remaining in the contest. Olds College made a strong push at the end. With the Broncos crashing the net and Disotell-Dunsmore seemingly out of the play, the Queens first-year netminder made a huge blocker save to keep the visitors off the scoreboard, sealing a 1-0 victory.

Disotell-Dunsmore (33)

“I think she has been fantastic, as have the other two goalies, Madison [Fox] and Izzy [Palumbo], as well,” added Coulter. “It’s just something that we’ve been blessed with this year, with outstanding goaltending and timely saves.”

Disotell-Dunsmore earned the 14 save shutout. The Queens’ ability to lockdown games became their trademark and a big reason for their success.

“It seems to to be our M.O. all year, and as a coach that’s something I preach anyway, so it seems the way it started and the way it finished for us,” said Coulter.

First-year defender Kiera Mulder (5)

Kinghorn turned aside 15-of-16.

The last time the Queens won ACAC gold was in the 2015/2016 season, Coulter’s first year as the head coach of the RDP Queens. That team was filled with veterans.

“That group that won in 2015/2016 was a group of fantastic players,” he said. “A lot of those players I inherited and had to create a relationship with.”

The 2021/2022 Queens are nearly the polar opposite with 18 first-years and five second-years on the roster.

“This group, I recruited every single one of them. It’s a little bit special that way, that the relationship has been forged with some of them for five years now – with Cam and four years with Mary,” said Coulter. “This first-year group worked really hard and to me, hard work equals success, and that’s what they did all year. It’s a great group.”

Reegan Broadbent received the top player award for the Broncos. The Queens went 0-for-2 on the power play. The Broncos couldn’t score on three opportunities.

The Olds College Broncos earned ACAC silver and the NAIT Ooks picked up bronze.

The RDP Queens will have another strong team next year with only veterans Wallan and Hirsch planning to graduate from the Queens Hockey program.

“The vast majority are back. We’ve only added five players to our squad,” added Coulter. “We should have the majority of them returning which is nice for the first time in my career here. It’s just adding those new girls in and continuing what we do.”

Jailyn Bablitz (8)

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RDP Queens drop Trojans, share first place in the south

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Ever since the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens were edged by the SAIT Trojans 4-3 in the season opener, they had the October 2 rematch circled on their calendars.

Despite playing the Trojans tough in the first game, the RDP Queens had several injuries and ill student-athletes, and believed if they were healthy and played up to their potential they could topple the defending Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Champions.

That belief turned into reality Sunday afternoon in Calgary.

The visitors struck twice in the first half and earned an impressive 2-1 road decision over the second ranked women’s soccer team in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

In the 28th minute, Queens first-year striker Sein Furuyama controlled the ball on the left side and fired a high shot that eluded Trojans goalkeeper Erin Mergen into the right side of the net. It was Furuyama’s league leading 19th goal of the season.

Furuyama (20)

The RDP Queens kept the pressure on and went up by a pair of goals 11 minutes later. Alisha Coules set up Grace Smith and the Bachelor of Commerce student found space in the left side of the net.

The 2-0 lead held until the 68th minute. On a two-on-one, SAIT’s Meaghan Wiebe, the 2021/2022 ACAC Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Year, elected to shoot and beat Queens goalkeeper Abby Kotyk with a low shot.

Both Kotyk (five saves) and Mergen (four saves) were unbeatable over the final 22 minutes and the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens sealed a 2-1 victory.

The RDP Queens (6-1-0) and SAIT Trojans (6-1-0) now share first place in the south.

Edmonton’s Estel Quinteros was recognized as the Queens Player of the Game.

E. Quinteros (8)

Harleen Singh was named the Trojans Player of the Game.

The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens (6-1-0) will play the Ambrose University Lions (0-8-0) on Friday, October 7 on the road.

Janet Alvarez Perez (6)

 

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RDP Kings Cross Country Running team finishes first, Queens place third at Grand Prix #3

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The Red Deer Polytechnic Cross Country Running team had another solid showing in its third conference competition of the 2022/2023 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) season.

At Running Room Grand Prix #3, the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings earned top spot and the RDP Queens captured third.

RDP Kings

Lacombe’s Daniel Szucs (27:49) had another strong race and placed fourth among ACAC male competitors over 8 km. Ethan Duret (29:10) finished seventh. Teammate Ben House (29:57), who is a first-year Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences student, was eighth. Red Deer’s Axsivier Lawrence (31:03) placed 11th.

House

SAIT’s Moktar Said (26:17) took top spot among ACAC male runners and helped the Trojans finish second. The Lethbridge College Kodiaks Men’s team wrapped up third.

RDP Queens

Lacombe’s Jenica Swartz (24:09) paced the Queens over 6 km, placing second among ACAC female runners. Swartz was only four seconds behind first place Reese Bendiksen (24:05) of the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings.

Three members of the Queens finished 11 seconds within one another.

Justine Larson (27:01) completed the race in 12th spot. Teammate Myah Cota (27:08) followed seven seconds later in 13th and Three Hills’ Melissa Ray (27:12) placed 15th.

Cota

The St. Mary’s University Lightning Women’s team grabbed first place. The Medicine Hat College Rattlers were second.

There is one more grand prix before the championships.

St. Mary’s University will host Running Room Grand Prix #4 on Saturday, October 15 in Calgary.

The ACAC Cross Country Running Championships will take place on Saturday, October 29 in Edmonton.

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